Disclaimers: These characters arent mine but Ren Pics. Theres a little bit of lovin going on because its set after "Many Happy Returns". Lets be honest. If anyone got a Sappho poem you know theyre gonna give something in return. Email the author at email@example.com
Bonding of Souls: To New Heights
By CN Winters
"Happy Birthday Gabrielle!"
The warrior kept a firm grasp on the bards hand as they flew through the air.
"Dont drop me Xena!" Gabrielle laughed.
Xena smiled and tightened her grip for a moment. "I wont drop you. I promise," she grinned. She pointed out over the horizon. "Right there. What do you think?"
The bard didnt answer. She simply grinned and excitedly nodded her approval. Xena pulled the bard close to her so she could gather the smaller woman in her arms as they came to their landing. With one foot cocked and one foot flat, they touch downed softly. The warrior gently brought the bard to her feet.
"What do you think?" Xena asked.
"I dont know what to say," Gabrielle said looking around her, taking it all in. "Its absolutely beautiful. And this did you do this?"
"Told you it wasnt over yet," Xena grinned as she took off the helmet.
The warrior looked quite proud of herself as Gabrielle pointed to the blanket and wicker basket that contained their evening meal. Never to be someone who got the meaning of romance she did try her best this year. A little wine, a little Sappho She thought the bard would enjoy both but still it wasnt enough. Thats when she decided to scout out a location for some festivities later in the evening. So far everything had gone according to plan and it was obvious that the bard admired her efforts by the grin that played on her face.
Gabrielle chuckled. "I know one warrior princess whos gonna get lucky tonight."
Xena smiled and pulled Gabrielles hands up to her lips. She kissed the back of each one gently before meeting Gabrielles eyes.
"I had no expectations," she answered. "Nothing aside from making you happy. Youve brought me so much joy Gabrielle. Its only right I celebrate the day you came into this world."
"And the jokes? Whats the purpose of that?" Gabrielle quipped with a raised eyebrow.
Damn. Shes started to do that better than me.
"Well the jokes Whats life if you cant laugh now and then?"
"Uh huh," Gabrielle retorted. "Well just remember that what goes around comes around warrior princess. So this winter you better be on your toes." She started to kick off her boots. Next came her top and finally her skirt. Xena lost her voice for a moment as she watched her bard, mesmerized by Gabrielles naked form. She managed to get her senses back for a moment and cleared her throat.
"Is that a threat Gabrielle?"
The bard reached up and pulled the warriors head down so her lips could meet Xenas ear.
"No its a promise."
Gabrielle planted the most delicate of kisses on Xenas earlobe before darting away and jumping into the crystal water pool behind them. Xena walked to the edge and watched as Gabrielle resurfaced, her short blonde locks, darkened by the water and slicked back.
"Coming in?" the bard called to her on the shore.
"Thought youd never ask," Xena replied, stripping herself as well before jumping in headfirst.
Gabrielle looked around but Xena still hadnt surfaced yet. She did however feel a pair of hands grab her ankles. Instinctively she held her breath because she knew what was coming next. Not more than a second later her body was tugged under the water with such force the splash reached their clothes on the shore. She twisted around under the waters surface until she felt Xenas shoulders. With her arms getting tangled around Xenas neck and her legs around the warriors waist they both broke the surface together.
Gabrielle smiled at her warrior. "Youre wicked," she answered. "But very predictable."
Without a notice Xena tipped Gabrielle back so quickly the bard got a mouthful of water for her trouble. Knowing she startled the bard, Xena pulled her up quickly. Gabrielle began to cough and gasp for air.
"Predictable huh? Didnt see that coming did ya?"
Gabrielle couldnt speak yet but she splashed the warrior as hard as she could, which only made Xena all the more amused.
"Youre not funny," Gabrielle croaked with a scowl planted firmly on her face.
"Im sorry," Xena answered her bottom lip sticking out more than necessary, hoping it would lighten Gabrielles mood.
"Dont give me the pout because its not gonna work," Gabrielle answered as she pulled away.
"Hey Gabrielle," Xena said, taking a single stroke to catch up to her. "Look I promise, no more jokes, okay?"
Gabrielles leg slid under the water to hook the back of Xenas legs. The bard tugged with all her might and the warrior fell. Gabrielle closed her eyes against the splash and began to laugh but she realized quickly she better move like Hermes. She got about half way to shore when she felt Xena closing in on her from under the water. She tried her best to tread through it. And she almost made it but suddenly the warrior popped up in front of her.
Gabrielle tried to hide her laugh behind her fingers but she wasnt succeeding. Xena looked far from amused.
"I have to admit," Xena replied with a stone face before cracking a grin. "I didnt see THAT coming."
"Threw you for a loop huh?" Gabrielle replied, relieved that Xena wasnt upset.
"Everyday my bard. Everyday since we met it seems theres always something you do or say that throws me off balance," Xena grinned as she picked the bard up into her arms. She gave her light kiss on the lips as she carried her to the waiting picnic blanket. "Thank you for keeping me on my toes."
"And off them from time to time it seems," Gabrielle jabbed.
"Well I can think of much better ways to keep me off my feet than dunking me under water," Xena retorted as she laid the bard down, proceeding to blanket her with her body. "Hmm, like this. This is nice. Wouldnt you agree?" she added.
The water from Xenas hair dripped down tickling the bards neck as she rested on her forearms above her.
"Who am I to argue," Gabrielle replied, rising just slightly to capture the warriors lips.
Xena took the opportunity to cup the back of the bards head, pulling her closer as she deepened the kiss. She felt rather than heard herself groan as the bards hands slid down her wet back to cup her bottom. The feel of the bards nails across her backside fueled her kisses even more and soon she felt her hips beginning to keep pace with Gabrielles prodding fingertips.
Gabrielle pulled back and rested her head on the blanket, just soaking in the rhythmic motions Xena engaged in above her.
Gods above shes beautiful the bard considered but not vocalizing the thought. She knew, as Xena looked into her eyes, she didnt have to say it. Xena could read her thoughts especially when they made love. She rarely had to make a request of faster or slower, harder or softer. Xena just knew. They just fit together perfectly.
Gabrielle gave a small whimper as Xena started to pull away.
"Im too close," the warrior confessed. "I want you reach the pinnacle first .After all, its your birthday."
Gabrielle smiled. She was going to offer some kind of smart aleck retort since thats pretty much how they had spent their whole weekend so far. But any thought she had fell silent when Xenas lips immediately claimed her center. She felt her lower body leave the blanket in an instant straining to get closer to the warriors mouth. She loved it and she wanted it so much but even her delight at the moment wasnt enough. She wanted more. She wanted Xena. She wanted to feel her and smell her and taste her.
"Come this way," Gabrielle called down to her, gesturing that the warrior swing her body the other way.
Xena smiled. "Whatever birthday girl wants, birthday girl gets."
Xena didnt waste any time lingering or drawing it out. She promptly straddled the bard allowing her any access she wanted to her body at all. If Xena was willing to give it, Gabrielle was more than happy to take it. With the echo in the small valley Gabrielle was sure their noises were probably heard for miles in every directions. The thought drove her desire even higher and when she heard Xena approaching closer a series of grunts and whimpers it was all she could stand. She let go and she felt every nerve ending explode against her skin. She cried out the warriors name as she shook beneath her. The sight of Gabrielle in utmost release soon freed Xena and she too joined in calling out the name of her lover. Her best friend. Her soul mate.
Spent, the two lay side by side but on opposite ends of each other until Xena had the strength to rise up to snuggle into the bards shoulder. Gabrielle gave a light chuckle.
"What?" Xena asked softly.
"You big, bad, cuddly warrior," she chuckled as she stroked Xenas hair. "Were you always a cuddler?"
"No. Sex was a weapon or just a release. Id never felt secure enough to let myself be held like this. Not until you."
Xena let out a sigh and moved up to give the bard a tender kiss. "Never."
"Well thank you for letting me in."
"Thank YOU," Xena replied. She got a distracted look on her face and rolled over to the basket.
"What are you doing?" Gabrielle chuckled watching the warrior take the basket toward some nearby bushes.
"Youll see," Xena called out over her shoulder.
When she reappeared she had a small loaf of nutbread and a small burning candle as she began to sing For shes another year older. As she finished she knelt down to the bard.
"Make a wish Gabrielle," Xena said, holding out the treat.
Gabrielle grinned and felt her eyes tear up. The warrior always did have a way of surprising her. She inhaled deeply and blew out the candle with ease.
"I have no more unfulfilled wishes. Youve made them all come true," Gabrielle answered honestly.
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